Inge - mandolin
Matthew - saz
These are all recordings from a fairly spontaneous session at Funkey's "Higher Grow" studio in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, early November 1995. We'd just turned up, unannounced, after spending a bit of time in the Pyrenees.
"Samhain '95" was improvised on the spot.
"Sôspan Fach" is a traditional Welsh tune, the sort of thing Welsh kids learn at primary school, but also the signature tune of the Llanelli Scarlets rugby club. We learned it off a postcard Inge bought in Pembroke that summer. In the years since, another "Matthew Watkins" has emerged as one of Llanelli's star players, curiously enough.
Gavin is a banjo-playing friend from Wisconsin (currently part of bluegrass band Sloppy Joe) whose style I was attempting to imitate, leading to the 'Gavinsong' riff.
'The Flat Oak' is a favourite tree of ours near Whitstable in Kent, which had become the focus of the A299 road protest that year.
'Samhain' is the Celtic new year (Hallowe'en, basically), around the time we recorded this - nothing to do with the 80's hardcore band!
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